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Cemetery Details

Location
Co‑ordinates N15.972957, E97.718567
Description

Myanmar (Burma)

 

Extract from CWGC site (see link)

The notorious Burma-Siam railway was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma.

It was built by a slave labour force of Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, and civilians drafted from countries occupied by the Japanese.

During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar).

Two major groups of workers began at opposite ends of the line towards the centre. The Japanese aimed at completing the railway in 14 months and work began in October 1942. The line, 424 kilometres long, was completed by December 1943.

The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the Burma-Siam railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated) that could be located, were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar.

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MCGEE, Basil Gerard

Service number VX19420
Bombardier
2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 2 Jan 1900

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CUMMING, Thomas Stephen

Service number VX31670
Gunner
2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 19 Sep 1912

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BARRY, Sidney Roy

Service number VX18976
Private
2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 28 Oct 1900

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PIETSCH, Albert Adolph

Service number SX6243
Private
2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 7 Jul 1902

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PAGE, Frank Watsford

Service number NX30861
Gunner
2nd/15th Field Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 21 Apr 1915

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ADAMS, Thomas Symington

Service number QX20124
Private
2/3 Reserve Motor Transport Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 26 Feb 1900

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DALTON, Ronald

Service number NX47140
Private
2nd/30th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 17 Apr 1921

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NOSWORTHY, Norman William

Service number NX45781
Private
AIF Headquarters Malaya
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 5 Nov 1906